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Innovative technologies are an enormous resource for enhancing the efficiency of Ukrzaliznytsya (UZ). Thus, the use of alternative energy sources has become a part of the state railroad company’s comprehensive program of energy saving, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
Due to implementation of the comprehensive strategy of energy saving, in 2013 UZ saved 20.1 million kWh of electricity, 1.9 tons of diesel fuel, 690,000 cubic meters of natural gas, 782 tons of coal and 308 Gcal of thermal energy.
Experts note that energy resources amount to 21% in the structure of UZ operating costs, so the reduction of their consumption is one of the most important areas for the railroad workers.
Currently a set of measures to improve the efficiency of boiler plants, as well as reduction of fuel consumption for thermal energy production at the railroads of Ukraine, is an important part of the strategy and a huge resource of energy saving for UZ. Currently three railroads (Lviv, South and South-West) dropped oil-fired boiler plants.
In 2013 the boiler plant fuel consumption for heat production dropped by 10.6%, year-on-year. The consumption of natural gas went down by 5.9 million cubic meters (or 8.3 %), coal - 1.7 tons (or 12.6%), fuel oil - 0.9 tons (or 38.7 %).
During the period from 2005 to 2013, 1303 outdated coal-fired boiler plants were decommissioned. The number of gas boiler plants grew: from 2005 to 2013 their numbers increased by 235 units, or 43.5%.